En­tic­ing devel­op­ment

Coun­cil ex­plains role in at­tract­ing de­vel­op­ers to Childers and Gin Gin

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

THE need for new in­fra­struc­ture and the cur­rent rate struc­ture were hotly de­bated at the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce meet­ing on Tues­day night.

Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man and coun­cil­lors Tony Ricciardi, Ross Som­mer­field and Lynne For­gan joined lo­cal busi­ness own­ers to dis­cuss is­sues in-depth.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Ren Cini kicked off the dis­cus­sion by ex­plain­ing the town’s need for in­fra­struc­ture to at­tract de­vel­op­ers and other in­vest­ment to the re­gion.

Cr For­man said the coun­cil pro­vided in­cen­tives for de­vel­op­ers to em­brace the re­gion, but out­lined the coun­cil wasn’t “in the busi­ness to de­velop”.

“We want to en­tice de­vel­op­ers but we don’t de­cide where the busi­nesses go,” Cr For­man said.

“We’ve changed a lot of things to sim­plify the process and en­tice those de­vel­op­ers. Please be as­sured we’re work­ing hard.”

Cr Som­mer­field said the coun­cil had gone out of its way to bring devel­op­ment to the re­gion.

“We’ve bent over back­wards to bring de­vel­op­ers here,” he said.

“We un­der­stand things are tough. You have to have the peo­ple be­hind you.”

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